Xavier James is the pen name of James Duffy, who elected to publish under a different name as the author's father, also named James Duffy, is a published author in his own right. (You can review his ground breaking analysis on Lee Harvey Oswald here -"A Hit Waiting to Happen: The Intrigue Behind the JFK Motorcade Murder - and the incisive if not definitive work on the history of the Constitutional Convention here - "Talking A Nation Into Existence".)
Originally, the name Ian James was selected, however the author's wife liked it so much she informed him that their next child, who was soon expected, would now have that name -and indeed is Ian James Duffy - so it was back to the drawing board in search of a new pen name. (A great swap! Watch for him on the Yankees roster one day...)
The name 'Xavier' was finally settled on as its etymology (derived from the sprawling Basque cultural region that spans France and Spain), is 'New House' which the author, in leaving one life behind and beginning another, was right in the middle of setting up when the search for a non de plume got underway again. James, of course, was selected for the author's first name.
From The Author
I live about a hundred miles east of Manhattan, in a pretty rural area on the North Fork of Long Island. It is a wonderful place I truly enjoy with my family and a few old friends. Surrounded on three sides by saltwater bays and the waters of the Atlantic, we enjoy an abundance of fresh seafood as well as wonderful foods from the small farms and livestock holdings spread out across thousands of acres of pristine farmlands.
Happily, there are also dozens of award winning vineyards which I only too happily serve as a quality control volunteer. Just as important, protected preserves and miles of beaches provide the necessary leg room for nice long walks, while the waters are perfect for swimming and sailing away long lost hours.
This environment also feeds one of my great passions, cooking for friends and family. Whether a quick meal or a long, purposely drawn out evening around a wood fired grill that allows for a an odd jar of local wine (or two) we have a lot of fun and conversation.(
Of course, even more than cooking, I love books, and always have. I read and listen to as many as I can across all sorts of genre. History, as you may well imagine, intrigues me most of all; for it is within its all-encompassing embrace that I love to get lost; reading, researching and then, in writing about what I’ve read; becoming completely consumed as I try to weave together the intricate lives of some of history’s most interesting people and events.
I think, however, that apart from my family, what I truly relish most of all is the thought of someone like you holding something I’ve created in your hands, lost in a bygone era, held hostage to a tale that keeps you turning page after page.
I am currently immersed in writing the next installment in the series, but please accept my invitation to say hello. I do love to hear from people from all over the globe, I learn so much from everyone I am fortunate enough to converse with. So please do drop a line if you wish, and I will do my best to reply just as soon as I can.
Meanwhile, perhaps we’ll meet one day at one of the book festivals or at a reading; I look forward to such encounters. Thanks again for stopping by, and thank you for your support.
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU WITH YOUR OWN BLURB OR REVIEW!
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